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JULY 5, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 91


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Sri Lankan military says it seized a key rebel base; 34 killed in other fighting
Associated Press, Fri July 4, 2008 10:21 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops captured a key Tamil Tiger rebel base in the island's north Friday, a day after a wave of battles in the same region killed 32 rebels and two soldiers, the military said.

Soldiers took control of Michael Base in the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu district after three days of fighting, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

He said casualty details were not immediately available.

Fighting has escalated in this Indian Ocean island in recent months, with the military stepping up ground assaults and air strikes on rebels in line with a government pledge to capture rebel-held territory and crush the insurgents by the end of the year.

Also other clashes took place in the Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya regions bordering the rebels' de facto northern state on Thursday, said a defense ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to government policy.

Several battles in Mannar left 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead, he said. Twenty-five rebels and 10 soldiers were wounded.

Other battles in Vavuniya and Welioya killed eight rebels, and wounded 12 Tamil Tiger fighters and four soldiers, the official said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment on any of the reported fighting.

It was not possible to independently verify the military reports because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place. Each side commonly exaggerates its enemy's casualties and downplays its own.

The rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

The government has vowed to end the insurgency by the end of this year but the island's army chief, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, told reporters Monday that it may take another year to defeat the rebels.Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jul 4 15:06:16 EDT 2008

Lankan troops capture major LTTE base, 48 rebels killed, July 5. Colombo, July 5 (PTI) At least 48 Tamil Tiger rebels and a soldier were killed in a series of gunbattles in Sri Lanka's strife-torn north with the army today claiming to have a captured a major LTTE base after three days of fierce fighting. At least 17 LTTE cadres were killed as troops yesterday captured LTTE's "Michael Base" in north-east Welioya, the defence ministry said, adding forces attacked Tamil Tiger rebels along northern front lines in the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Welioya and Mannar regions. According to the sources, the LTTE camp is one of the strategic satellite bases of the rebels' main "One Four Base" complex situated inside the Mulaithiuvu jungle in the north. Troops marching towards North of Janakapura, into Mulaithiuvu, succeeded after three days of fierce fighting, the ministry said. The structure of the base extends over 200 square metres that includes several underground bunkers. More...
Published: Sat Jul 5 14:35:23 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Renegade leader: Sri Lanka's rebels weakened, 2008-07-05 15:48:16. COLOMBO, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have been weakened by a series of military operations by government troops against them in the island's battle zones, a renegade Tamil Tiger leader said Saturday.

"The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) has been hit by military action. All they now do is just defending their forward defense lines," Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna told the BBC Tamil radio Saturday.

Karuna who was accused by the British authorities of arriving in Britain with false travel documents last September was deported to Sri Lanka on Thursday.

"The LTTE cannot anymore do military attacks on their own. But it will take more time for them to be totally eliminated," Karuna said. More...
Published: Sat Jul 5 05:20:36 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sangakkara says Asia transformed into powerhouse of cricket
Associated Press, Sat July 5, 2008 09:16 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - The International Cricket Council awarded Sri Lanka - test status in 1981... Back to the top

Sri Lanka journalists demand protection, Friday, 4 July 2008. The police dragged barricades across the road, blocking the route to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office... Back to the top

Asia Cup: Sri Lanka looks to Mendis in final against India
Associated Press, Sat July 5, 2008 02:35 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis might hold the key Sri Lanka as its attempts to defend its Asia Cup title against India on Sunday... Back to the top

'Prabhakaran shoots people who disagree with him'
rediff, July 4. Nothing lends credibility to an argument or an accusation more than a first person account... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says latest fighting kills 32 Tamil rebels, 2 soldiers
Associated Press, Fri July 4, 2008 04:06 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of battles across Sri Lanka's embattled northern region has killed 32 ethnic Tamil rebels and two government soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Rights group wants S.Lanka to punish ex-Tiger boss, Fri Jul 4, 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Sri Lanka's government to investigate and prosecute renegade former Tamil Tiger leader Karuna Amman for war crimes, after Britain failed to do so because of a lack of evidence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka The war president, Jul 3rd 2008. MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE, Sri Lanka’s president, shakes out his white outfit and spreads his bare toes with a satisfied air... Back to the top

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